800 Lumen Bike Light From Garmin Gets Brighter When You Speed Up, Dims When You Slow Down


In yet another move beyond GPS units, Garmin just announced the Varia UT800, an 800-lumen light designed for both urban and trail use. While lights in this brightness range are widely available from countless brands (and even non-brands), the Varia UT800 is unique in that it can be paired with a Garmin Edge GPS to help conserve …

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SRAM Announces New Code Brakes


SRAM has just announced that they’re bringing some of the technology from their Guide brakes to new versions of the Code brakes. According to SRAM, the new Codes “use proven SRAM Guide design and technologies with a larger PiggyBack™ reservoir and 4mm bigger diameter pistons in the caliper to provide consistent and reliable power for all …

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Vittoria’s Fast-Rolling Mud Tire is a Rotating Oxymoron

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At Sea Otter last week I got my first look at Vittoria’s Gato, cross-country (XC) tire. On paper, the Gato seems like a pretty standard XC tire: it’s (just) 2.2 inches wide, weighs 760g, and features a supple, 120tpi sidewall. And in person, the tire looks to be fast rolling, with regular and densely-packed, medium-length knobs arrayed along a round profile. …

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Douchebags – It’s Not What You Think

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Douchebags, or Db Equipment if you like, is a Scandinavian company trying to make traveling suck less. Pro skier Jon Olsson and engineer Truls Brataas founded the company after a chance meeting in 2009. Both Jon and Truls spent a lot of their time traveling to ski or surf and thought there had to be a better …

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Man Attacks Mountain Bikers with a Pole, and Chases them with a Running Chainsaw, in Australia

Photo from Yarra Trails near Melbourne, Australia. Photo by ottodavies

According to a report on The Age.com, three mountain bikers in Australia were attacked by a man with a pole and his dog, and then were chased by him as he brandished a running chainsaw. The riders were injured and needed hospital treatment after the ordeal, which occurred on April 19 in the Dandenongs. According to …

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Over a Beer: Learning To Live While Out of Control

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Editor’s Note: “Over a Beer” is a regular column written by Greg Heil. While Greg is the Editor in Chief for Singletracks.com, any opinions expressed in this column are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Singletracks.com. Mountain biking is a playground for this thing we call life. In the same way that kids learn …

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